Founder of alibaba and world billionaire, Jack Ma has announced that his foundation and the Alibaba Foundation will be making a quantifiable donation to Africa as the coronavirus continues to spread on the continent.
According to Ma, the items that would be donated include 1.1 million coronavirus test kits; 6 million masks; 60 000 protective suits. He said that each of the continent’s 54 countries would each receive the following 20,000 testing kits; 100,000 masks; 1,000 protective suits.
In Africa, no fewer than 19 countries have reported positive cases of Covid-19.
Ma also said that the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali would spearhead the team in managing the logistics and onward distribution of the supplies across the continent.
Withal, Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Foundation also made donations in regions that are badly hit by the coronavirus, including the United States, Italy, Spain, Japan, South Korea, and Belgium.
Furthermore on the donations, the Foundations also herald plans to work with various medical institutions in Africa to provide online training material for Covid-19 clinical treatment.
In a press release from the foundation, it say“Collaboration and partnership with local governments and stakeholders in the framework of the Alibaba-led Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) is crucial in this relief project. As the first country to join the eWTP, the support of Rwanda Development Board and the close cooperation with Rwanda Biomedical Center are also playing a crucial role to enable a rapid response and delivery of donated medical supplies.”